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Autodesk Screencast Simplifies Recording, Sharing Training Videos - simple-to-use, well executed utility provides great support for peer-to-peer training, workflow documentation, search features need improvement, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, July 23, 2015

Which CAD Training Makes Sense for Your Agency? - consider signing up for monthly subscription to online training providers, computer-based training, or instructor-led training, Shaun Bryant, Acronym Online, July 9, 2015

The Sly CAD User's Guide to Professional Development - tips to achieve CAD training without support of management: consider workflow enhancement, knowledge of peers, tech support call, learn a tip daily, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, July 1, 2015

Establish a Pattern of Learning - focus on strengths, have general knowledge of main programs being utilized as whole, gain wisdom, develop network of talent, attend conferences with colleagues, teach others, David Barker, AUGI Library, Jan 20, 2015


Make Your AutoCAD Training Grow Roots - understanding working of files, display, system, user preferences, selection, 3D modeling tab located in options dialog, drawing aids, drafting tools, disaster recovery/avoidance tips to increase AutoCAD productivity, Dat Lien, AUGI Library, Dec 29, 2014

Interview with Doug Stainbrook, Field Support Trainer - training people on Solid Edge, KeyShot, teach Synchronous to existing Solid Edge user vs non-CAD user, link between traditional 2D only CAD, Synchronous techniques, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 10, 2014

Creating Training Videos Just Got Easier - freeware Any Video Converter (AVC) by Ultimate Multimedia Solutions to convert formats, make resolutions consistent, process audio, makes adding videos for batch conversion easy, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 24, 2014

Digital Training for Engineering Students - ProductivityNOW portal, eBooks offer students ASCENT's courseware content anytime, anywhere at their own pace, Jess Lulka, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014

Take an Online CAD Course with Global eTraining - interactive system for creating, taking training courses, Generator runs in HTML5-compatible Web browsers, pricing begins at $299 for single course, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, May 6, 2014

Revit Training: 5 Tips for Creating a Successful User Group - organize recurring meeting at regular intervals, encourage everybody to join discussion, set agenda in advance, encourage discussion, share responsibility with group members, Kate Morrical, Line Shape Space, Mar 28, 2014

Advice for the CAD Professional Beginner - apply AutoCAD commands to accomplish tasks, employ 4-color markup system to mark-up drawings, keep improving skills by tracking product enhancements, new releases, take educated approach to tame career, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Mar 10, 2014

Eagle Point's Pinnacle Training and Support System - single location to find valid training for AEC, MEP software packages, Good feature coverage, impressive customization capability, pricing is available for business, user models, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Feb 28, 2014

Create Training Videos with Project Chronicle - video-capture tool by Autodesk publishes to website automatically, has customizable screen recording areas, screenshot capture capability, post-capture editing options, generates embedding codes to display videos on own website, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 26, 2014


AEC Training and Education for Strategic Success - education vs training, Educate Beyond the Technology, consider appropriate training method, start with standardized training, greatest hindrances to firm-wide training, Nancy McClure, AUGI, Dec 26, 2013

Focus on Trainers - in-depth look at CAD trainer, first-hand perspective on training, being trainer, Q&A with William Myers on becoming professional CAD trainer, obtaining Autodesk certification, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Dec 11, 2013

Create CAD Training Videos Using the Latest Technology - choose studio location, gather equipments, test audio hardware, set video recording parameters, consider video storage, user access, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 24, 2013

cadjunkie.com - learn modo, SolidWorks, Rhino, Maxwell Render, get access to over 400 videos for $19-$39 per month; chat with co-creator Adam O’Hern, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 21, 2013

Balance: The Key to Effective AutoCAD Instruction - trainers, educators should balance new, emerging technologies with old through proper training, use of new tools, innovative learning methods, William Myers, AUGI Library, Jan 9, 2013


i Get IT Training - web-based, on-demand, self-paced training system for every major CAD software, has 4 basic tiers of subscription, built in learning management system, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Nov 22, 2012

Establish a Training Program For Your CAD Users, Pt 2 - gather training necessities like projector, computer, high-quality microphone, arrange serviceable training room with network access, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 24, 2012

Establish a Training Program for Your CAD Users, Pt 1 - benefits of training, outline program, prepare financial justification for it, hints for delivering training pitch, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 10, 2012

Add Jing Videos to Your Training Arsenal - free video-sharing utility helps capture demos on video, send to users via e-mail links, but with limited abilities to edit, publish, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 10, 2012

Tipniques: Training - Not Just What is Said, But How it is Said (and How Often) - understanding components of learning cycles: lecture, demonstration, activity, conclusion; best practices to increase student retention, AUGI Library, Sep 6, 2012

Training - The Summit and the Steps - considering software training issues, points to consider before getting staff trained, Gary Ross & Capita Symonds, AUGI Library, Sep 6, 2012

Is Training Worth It? - Calculate Your Return On Investment - calculating ROI of professional training, cost of not taking training, John Pearson, Design Fusion Blog, Mar 27, 2012

The Domino Effect - benefits of training, determining training needs in organization, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Feb 6, 2012

Training the Technical MEP User - understanding key elements: expected delivery method, goal, timeline of training, David Butts, AUGI Library, Jan 17, 2012

Training: Why are You Waiting for 'Training' from Someone Else - economical sources of training like YouTube, blog, training manuals, DVD sets are helpful for users in self-training, Kung Fu Drafter, Jan 4, 2012


A Look at Assessments - assessment must have attributes of reliability, validity, fairness; considering common assessment formats: hands-on, multiple-choice quiz, hybrid, Paul Burden, ASCENT Blog, Nov 23, 2011

The Training Circle - tips to organize speedy, rewarding training sessions involving all CAD group members, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 26, 2011

The Minimalist's Guide to In-House Training - solve problems, don't aim for perfection, prepare course guides for training class, train like mentor, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 12, 2011

Standard or Customized? - pros, cons of standard, customized courseware content for staff training, Paul Burden, ASCENT Blog, July 12, 2011


- focus on subject matter, tell like story, use PowerPoint, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, Feb 1, 2010 (requires free registration)



The World's Greatest Training Secrets Revealed - types of learners, generational diversity between learners, methods for preparing instructional content, best practices for classroom preparation, 2D to 3D migration strategies, Matt Murphy, Autodesk University 2008

Designing Trainers - planning, conducting performance/training needs analysis, applying human cognitive psychological processes, research evidence to  use of text, visuals, audio in technical training, Autodesk University 2008

Interview with Al Whatmough, CEO and Founder of InspirTech - talk about CAD training, impact on CAD end-users, video based help file, future of online training, Franco Folini, Novedge, Jun 16, 2009

Low-Cost Training Resources - options can be: software companies, YouTube, user groups, online training providers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 13, 2009

Measuring CAD Skills Gives Greater Efficiency - cost effective methods include multiple choice questionnaires, in-house CAD test, live skills drafting, professional, vendor certifications, Tony Brown, MoldMaking Technology, Apr 2009

Training Not a Priority? -  lunch-and-learns, evening training sessions, volunteer users in company can be useful for training during economic downturn, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 22, 2009



Training Day - E-learning is booming but classroom training is still most effective method for CAD users, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, Apr 8, 2008

Lunch and Learn - Selecting Topics - tips on selecting relevant information to be given in lunch hour training, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Jan 6, 2008


CAD Training - Getting Them to Come - keeping out freeloaders at lunch training, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Dec 16, 2007

CAD Training Material - Where To Get It - links to sources of good training materials, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Dec 10, 2007

CAD Training Material - What is Good? - outline is good for instructor-lead class while handout is more informative and self-explanatory, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Dec 6, 2007

Super Glue AutoCAD Training - tips on maintaining training budget in organization, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Dec 3, 2007

Training Time - The Whammy - tips on making training effective and fruitful, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Dec 4, 2007

Train, Train and Train Again - an in-house, user-specific training can help users make maximum use of the software and bring faster ROI, David Payne of CADline, AEC Magazine, March 30, 2007

Hybrid Learning Methods - traditional training declines, hybrid learning provides flexible and effective learning methods, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, February 1, 2007

Lesson Plans - Why Does Instructor-Led Training Fail? - process-based training should be in smaller increments, addressing students' needs with a follow-up, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, January 1, 2007

Learning Your CAD Times Tables - a CAD manager should teach the students in such a way so that they can teach others, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 15, 2007


Realizing Software Potential - well planned, structured training program for users can help harness best of software, John Pickering, MCAD Online, December 12, 2006

What is Your Learning Style? - generational diversity affects the ability to learn and teach, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, December 1, 2006

Lesson Plans - Conscious Competence - understanding unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and unconscious competence to determine knowledge level of users, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, November 1, 2006

Does Traditional Teaching Work? - informal training or 'pull' learning brings more learning opportunities for novice and expert users, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, October 1, 2006

Eliminate Roadblocks to Learning New Techniques - 5 question quiz to assess how you learn to use software, Matt Murphy, Cadalyst, August 1, 2006

Online Training for Swiss-Style Lathes - an interactive virtual machine including graphical representations helps in effective training, Derek Korn, MMS Online, May 2006

A Plug for Instructor-Led Training - while you may be able to teach yourself how to use CAD in depth, instructor-led training is the best way to supply breadth, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 6, 2006


A Field Guide to Learning Management Systems - know about your product features, cost and pricing model, implementing best practices, Dan Dolan of 4D Technologies, CADLearning.com, December 2005 (may require free registration), pdf

American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) Glossary - a list of technical terms useful in e-learning, Dan Dolan of 4D Technologies, CADLearning.com, December 2005 (may require free registration), pdf

Guide to e-Learning in the Workplace - introduction to e-learning, including building a learning portal, e-books, interactive content, more, Jane Knight, e-Learning Centre, December 2005 (may require free registration), pdf

E-Learning Guidebook - Six Steps to Implementing e-Learning - achieving business goals through e-learning, Dan Dolan of 4D Technologies, CADLearning.com, December 2005 (may require free registration), pdf

Many Happy Returns - Calculating e-Learning ROI - successful online training for employees can help in better ROI, Dan Dolan of 4D Technologies, CADLearning.com, December 2005 (may require free registration), pdf

Changing Face of Training - effective CAD training is about using the CAD program within company's specifications, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, September 21, 2005

Help Your Designers Achieve Their Full Potential - implementing formalized CAD training programs continuously improves skills and increases productivity of organizations, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst Manufacturing, September 15, 2005

Computer Aided Design in More Detail - for a stable career CAD is the way to go, Artcleinsider, March 14, 2005

More before You Attend Computer Aided Design Schools - is a CAD career what you are really looking for? Find out before you enroll, staff writer, Articleinsider, March 14, 2005

Technology Students Devour Sweet Treats, But Then Have to Draw Them on Computers - Michigan high school students first had to examine the composition of a Polish pastry, then draw it using CAD software, Teresa Taylor Williams, Muskegon Chronicle, February 9, 2005

Vocational School Markets New Engineering Technology - a Massachusetts high school recently received rapid prototyping equipment that is helping students better prepare for careers in CAD, Ted LaBorde, The Republican, January 31, 2005  (requires free registration)

UA Encourages Natives to Study Science - as part of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, Juneau high school students are learning AutoCAD, Eric Fry, Juneau Empire, January 27, 2005

Lincoln's CAD Lab Prepares Aspiring Engineers - a new CAD lab allows Macomb, Illinois high school students to gain valuable hands-on experience as they explore 3D parametric drafting, Michael Briskey and Ashley Walczak, Macomb Daily, January 27, 2005

Printer Brings Projects to Life - a 3D printer enables Michigan students to produce prototypes from digital data to better evaluate their designs, Janet Sugameli, Detroit News, January 3, 2005


Students Break Land-Speed Record - with their design efforts powered by a range of CAD tools - including SolidWorks - a student team from Ohio State University broke the world land-speed record for electric vehicles in October 2004 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Paul E. Teague, Design News, December 13, 2004

Her Homework Makes Homes - an Iowa high school student uses her CAD skills to create house plans, Sara Sleyster, Des Moines Register, December 10, 2004

Setting the Stage - at Indiana University, students of set design use such CAD tools as AutoCAD, VectorWorks and SketchUp to enhance theater productions, Maurina Paradise, idsnews.com, December 2, 2004

Getting Ahead by Design - learning CAD in high school should give these California students an advantage when entering the job market, Amy Hilvers, Bakersfield Californian, November 24, 2004 (requires free lengthy registration)

Preserving a Piece of History: CCC Students Create Drawings of City Bank - New Jersey students create CAD drawings to help preserve a bank built in 1857, Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal, November 20, 2004

Tangible Technology - an Indiana high school teacher has created a lab with three metal lathes and two vertical mills (converted into computer numeric control machines), 24 computers and another traditional vertical mill and hand and power tools, Melissa West, South Bend Tribune, October 12, 2004

Needs Must - there's no substitute for CAD/CAM software training - it's necessary to help keep you up on the latest advances in technology and also improves your productivity, Charles Clarke, e4engineering, October 8, 2004

It's No Drag for School Pupils - in the first Jaguar F1 Team In Schools international finals, students designed a racing or drag car out of a small block of balsa wood using CAD programs then tested the aerodynamic qualities in a smoke tunnel and its drag in a wind tunnel, Emma Pinch, icBirmingham, October 6, 2004

CAD Challenging Educators to Keep Pace - high schools and colleges are constantly working to stay up to date with state-of-the-art CAD facilities and course offerings, Jordana Halpern Geist, Business First of Buffalo, September 13, 2004

Student Creates Mechanical Model of Solar System - an Arizona college students used AutoCAD and Mastercam software to model a gear system that represents the relationship of the sun to the earth and moon, Todd Haynie, Eastern Arizona Courier, May 27, 2004

Students Learn About Latest Design Engineer Tools - Wisconsin middle-school students recently visited Graphics Systems Corporation, receiving hands-on experience with engineering design tools and learning about new career choices, GSC, May 26, 2004

Central Students Win in State CAD Drawing Contest - four Missouri high school won state championships for their CAD drawings, Daily Online, May 21, 2004

The Telecoms Challenge 2003 - a group of UK teens given a real-world design brief and a day’s training on SolidWorks discover a heightened enthusiasm for product design and development, Al Dean, CADserver, April 6, 2004

Elkhart School Upgrades CAD - an $11 million renovation adds new computers and CAD programs for an Indiana school, Mike Myer, South Bend Tribune, March 21, 2004

Ridgway Students Learn Drafting Technology Tactics - Ridgway, Pennsylvania students receive introductory technology classes beginning in 7th grade, preparing them for advanced CAD classes in high school and a technical career after graduation, Ridgway Record, March 11, 2004

3D Program Creates More Options for McCann Computer Students - CAD students at a Massachusetts high school are expanding their skills with Maya animation software, which will give them an edge in preparing themselves for future high-tech jobs, Karen Gardner, North Adams Transcript, March 5, 2004

ATE - Training for the Future - Utah high school teaches using ADT and Revit, Linda Butler, New Utah, February 26, 2004

Students from Area Place Well in Contest - California high school students recently competed in the annual Engineer and Technology Day at Delta College in Stockton, Lodinews.com, February 20, 2004

CAD Has Students Racing in School - students in a New Mexico middle school are using CAD to create and race small compressed air-powered racing cars, TV Hagenah, Quay County Sun, February 19, 2004

McCann Students Get Video's Starring Roles - SolidWorks is producing a marketing film that will feature students who won national awards for their CAD projects, Susan Bush, The Berkshire Eagle, January 14, 2004

CAD/CAE Initiatives for Growing Future Engineers - a look at some of the CAD-related programs for high school students that are prepping tomorrow's engineers, Louise Elliott, DE Online, May 2003

Catching Them Younger - "pre-engineering" programs such as PTC's Partnership for Innovative Learning, which brings CAD to high-school students, is helping to create a new generation of engineers, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2003

Adding Excitement To E-learning - think3 is among the growing number of companies offering simulated software for employee training, Jennie L. Phipps, Industry Week, April 2003

CAD Training - Technology vs. Tradition - despite the plethora of cutting-edge technology available to teachers and students, old-fashioned, instructor-led training is still the best way to go, Arnie Williams, CADENCE, February 2003

Program Benefits Engineering Students - an internship program is providing Purdue University students with valuable engineering experience, Sarah Krisel, The Exponent, February 6, 2003

Re-Thinking the CAD Course: Design Not Drafting - traditional drafting courses need to be re-thought to emphasize design and creativity, John Hutchinson, Ties Magazine, December 2002 (pdf)

Grooming Engineers: How the U.K. Does It - an organization in the UK, where there is a shortage of engineers, is trying to attract young people and women to the industry, Machine Design, July 25, 2002 (pdf)

Engineering Schools Change with the Times - colleges find ways to cope with teaching the new technologies, Machine Design, July 25, 2002 (pdf)

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